Indian Consulate in Chicago observes Veer Baal Diwas

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Poster on the Veer Baal Diwas. Photo: courtesy Indian Consulate in Chicago

The Consulate General of India, Chicago commemorated Veer Baal Diwas (#VeerBaalDiwas) on December 26, 2023 to pay tributes martyred sons of Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji for their unparalleled sacrifices.

The event was attended by about 150 members of the Indian-American community, a press release from the Consulate said. Speakers thanked the Government of India for highlighting the aspects which enriched India’s identity and heritage.

India’s Consul General in Chicago Somnath Ghosh, speaking to a gathering Dec. 26, 2022, on the occasion of Veer Baal Diwas. Photo: Indian Consulate

Consul General Somnath Ghosh, in his remarks underlined the significance of remembering the martyrdom of Sahibzade Baba Zorawar Singh and Baba Fateh Singh because this was not only an epic struggle against injustice for one’s honor and identity, but also the fact that many such narratives in India were lost from the mainstream for lack of emphasis.

According to a press release from the Indian Consulate in Chicago, some 150 Indian Americans attended the Veer Baal Diwas observance held Dec. 26, 2022. Photo: Indian Consulate
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Consul General Ghosh also noted that long before India’s independence, Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, thought it necessary to convey such “veergatha” to school children and wrote inimitable poems on this topic for children.

The other speakers at the gathering included Baba Daljit Singh, Rajinderbir Singh Mago, Sagittarius Academy awardee Dr. Atamjit Singh, Dr. Harjinder Singh Khaira, Purnima Nath, and Balihar Singh. A digital exhibition on Veer Baal Diwas, produced by GOI, was exhibited at the venue.

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